Providers to receive support with data and cyber security

A project that aims to better understand digital, data and technology issues faced by social care providers of services to working age adults has been launched.

Led by the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG) in partnership with the Association of Mental Health Providers (Association), the project will analyse the preparedness, issues and obstacles facing disability and mental health organisations.

Through surveys, focus groups, and events, it will engage with providers of services to people with a learning disability, those who are autistic and have physical or sensory impairments and with mental health conditions.

The project will explore the use of data security protection resources and the barriers to use; obstacles to increasing the pace of digital social care and the support needed to progress; data security and protection processes; and good practice.

Dr Rhidian Hughes, VODG chief executive, and Kathy Roberts, the Association chief executive, said: ‘We welcome the investment in raising awareness of digital and cyber-security across the adult social care sector and this fresh focus on providers that support people of working age, including people with a learning disability and those that experience mental ill health.’

The project is part of a wider programme supporting the delivery of the National Cyber Security Strategy across adult social care services. The programme, which is led by Digital Social Care, the Local Government Association and NSHX, works to develop practical solutions to the data and cyber security challenges faced by adult social care providers in England.